"I don't know about enlightenment, but most of what the dharma teaches is just good common sense and most people don't follow good common sense." --An inmate to Pema Chodron from Unconditional Confidence
"...[L]ife itself is a meditation." --Raul Julia I have always loved Raul Julia, since I first saw him as the sensitive married man having sexual tension with Susan Sarandon while solving a murder in "Compromising Positions" (the cast of which also included the always entertaining Judith Ivey - I love her voice and demeanor so much I think I could watch her in anything). He went on to play defense attorney Sandy Stern in "Presumed Innocent" and of course the beloved patriarch Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family." His was one the first celebrity deaths - in 1994 - to really effect me. He always seemed to have an undefinably quiet strength and grace. I get it now - he saw his life as a meditation - and that makes all the difference. I hope someday to be remembered for my quiet grace and thanks to Raul I have one more clue about how to do that. Thanks Raul. For everything.
"Have you ever felt as if you just didn't want to live anymore? Everything seemed to go wrong and you felt sort of mistreated and abused. Good luck just wasn't meant for you. Well that's the time to take a walk. It is amazing what walking can do to a depressed spirit. You just walk it away so slowly, ever so slowly. You don't realize it is disappearing until finally you discover it is gone. Yes, gone, and oh, life is so wonderful." --Vera Aleith Galbreath In the mail on Friday we received a program from the memorial service for Vera Aleith Galbreath. I knew as soon as I saw the envelope what it was, and I was grateful. Grateful that someone had taken the time to let us know of Vera's passing. (Or, more likely, that Vera had arranged for this.) Vera wasn't a relative. Not really a friend. Or a neighbor exactly. But she was a presence in our lives ever since we bought our first house. It was a small house, just off of a busy street, about a mile o
" The only way to enhance one's power in the world is by increasing one's integrity, understanding, and capacity for compassion. " --David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD I have been thinking a lot about INTEGRITY today because we are trying to buy a home in a super-hot real estate market and we seem to be running into a LOT of greed and not a lot of integrity. It's disheartening. The temptation is to play "the game" along with everyone else; make promises you know you won't keep, make offers you have no intention of honoring, throw a little BS of your own onto the pile. But it just doesn't FEEL RIGHT. So we aren't. We are staying in our integrity, being honest about who we are and what we are willing to do and hoping...that our integrity attracts the right and perfect home for us. Either way, I am finding that there is a certain power in doing the right thing, even if it doesn't yield the result you want. It's an internal power that
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